Focal Passages: Romans 14:1-4, 13-19
Social media has made having a platform accessible to anyone. We can now easily decipher people’s opinions from social media posts.
Unfortunately, some people take a single post or comment and then look down upon or think differently of those who don’t agree with us.
But there is a different way. While there is space to confront sin in a brother or sister, we do not have to reject people who disagree with us. In fact, scripture tells us to do the opposite. This is what makes the body of Christ so unique.
The church is composed of people from all different kinds of backgrounds, cultures and ethnicities. There are bound to be different perspectives.
We do need to exercise caution, however. Though we have freedom, we do not want to cause another brother or sister in Christ to struggle in their faith. Many are still learning the ways of God and may have strong convictions. If, by speaking about or participating in activities that cause another believer to doubt or turn away from God, the wisest act would be to refrain. If we don’t, we are being unloving.
Instead of focusing on petty differences, we are free to focus on what will strengthen another’s faith in Christ. We have, by the Holy Spirit, righteousness, peace and joy. This is what the Kingdom of God is all about. With this, we can encourage one another so that we may all be strengthened to live lives that are pleasing to God.